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Researched Dell EMC SC Series but chose NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS): Improved performance of backup and restore, with good data protection features
Researched HPE Nimble Storage but chose Dell EMC SC Series: Built-in migration capabilities have been very helpful, compression and dedupe are good
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. HPE Nimble Storage and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Things that have been really useful, of course, are the clustering features and being able to stay online during failovers and code upgrades; and just being able to seamlessly do all sorts of movement of data without having to disrupt end-users' ability to get to those files. And we can take advantage of new shelves, new hardware, upgrade in place. It's kind of magic when it comes to doing those sorts of things.
The ease of use, the SnapMirror capabilities, the cloning, and the efficiencies are all good features.
We are using the AQoS operating system, which allows us to get a lot more out of our AFF systems.
The most valuable features are the ease of administration and configuration, as well as the speed of deployment.
The most important features are the IOPS and the ease of the ONTAP manageability.
Before we implemented AFF, Oracle was running on a traditional storage spindle and at a very low speed with high latency, and the database was not running very well. After we converted from the spinning disk to the all-flash array, it was at least four times faster to access the volume than before.
The most valuable features of the solution are speed, performance, and reliability.
The most valuable feature is speed.
The product offers good performance and is quite powerful.
The solution has a wide variety of valuable features. The data progression works well. We use the snapshot functionality quite a bit and really like it.
This solution is easy to use.
Performance-wise it's high speed. It's also more stable and scalable.
In terms of stability, it's good enough. It's okay.
The interface is easy to use which makes the product user-friendly.
The setup and installation is much simpler now, because Dell has standardized the configure process.
I think that Dell EMC is one of the best technical support services in Ukraine.
The solution runs pretty fast.
The most valuable feature is data mirroring.
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We get storage access without the need for more human monitoring of those resources.
Not only is it high performing, but it is also more compact and fits better in our storage arrays than equipment from other storage providers.
This solution has given us reliability that is evident by the fact that it has been running for five years with virtually no hiccups.
I really like the form factor, which is nice and compact and small.
The solution's uptime is fantastic. It's 100 percent. In addition, Nimble's storage capacity efficiency is very effective.
One of the areas that the product can improve is definitely in the user interface. We don't use it for SAN, but we've looked at using it for SAN and the SAN workflows are really problematic for my admins, and they just don't like doing SAN provisioning on that app. That really needs to change if we're going to adopt it and actually consider it to be a strong competitor versus some of the other options out there.
There are little things that need improvement. For example, if you are setting up a SnapMirror through the GUI, you are forced to change the destination name of the volume, and we like to keep the volume names the same.
The quality of technical support has dwindled over time and needs to be improved.
On the fiber channel side, there is a limit of sixteen terabytes on each line, and we would like to see this raised because we are having to use some other products.
The certification classes are good, but they don't cover enough of the material, and the exams only test on what is covered in class.
The monitor and performance need improvement. Right now we are using the active IQ OnCommand Unified Manager, but we also have to do the Grafana to do the performance and I hope we will be able to see the improvement of the active IQ in terms of the performance graph. It should also be more detailed.
Tech support is a place where there is room to improve the product experience. The response time when they are busy is not very good.
The price of NVMe storage is very expensive.
While there's always room for improvement in everything, I can't really think of a specific feature of the solution that requires immediate attention.
It would be helpful if the solution offered higher performance, at least on the back end.
Technical support should respond more quickly because the turnaround time is very high.
The interface could be improved. It should have an application point of view.
It's not very efficient anymore. There are better products out there.
The connection should be better integrated with the network to offer a better view of the system.
Compellent comes in the form of a component that's not true of a unified storage platform.
While the price is competitive, in the next release it would be better if they could reduce the fees.
The solution requires a higher availability.
Scalability, in terms of being able to scale out, is not easy and should be improved.
We have had some stability issues with one array which has happened twice during subsequent software updates but is due to a bad Postgres database.
The large hardware components may be difficult to fit into some standard racks.
I would like to see more advanced analytics in the next release of this solution.
An area that needs improvement is extending the life of the device after five years.
I would like to see greater integration with Microsoft's Hyper-V platform.
The way the market is going, supporting NVMe storage would be useful as a step up.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It's expensive. it's in the hundreds of thousands. It's beneficial, but at times, I feel compared to other vendors, we are paying a premium for the licensing that other vendors include.
The price to performance ratio with NetApp is unmatched by any other vendor right now.
The pricing is not a lot considering what you get and it bundles hardware and licensing.
Comparing this solution to others it may seem expensive, but the price to performance for NetApp is greater.
We would like it to be free.
One of the reasons we like this solution is that all of the features are included with the one license.
We don't like the cost. We would like to buy more.
It definitely reduces costs because it simply takes less power to run these systems. While the SSDs don't take power, they are in general very big right now. So, the running cost has decreased for a lot of our customers.
The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive.
The pricing of this solution is competitive.
We have found it to be affordable. Comparing the cost with other hardware, it seems to be right in line with the compute and the storage that we get with it.
The scalability seems a bit more expensive than even buying a brand new one so far. That has been kind of a drawback.
We were able to afford two tiers of flash storage at a price where the competition was giving us one tier or just a handful of discs.
The maintenance is usually pretty good. It's not like some of the others where they increase it in the fourth, fifth, or sixth years.
It's absolutely affordable. Again, not having to do a forklift upgrade like some of the others have had to do in the past, it's very affordable for our customers and they continue to buy.
Compared to other solutions out there, it's affordable.
The pricing is better than some of the competitors, such as Dell EMC.
We paid about $80,000 for our permanent site licence.
There are no licensing costs for this solution.
We buy the arrays outright, so we don't pay anything on an ongoing monthly basis for licensing.
Our hybrid solution could do with some more competitive pricing and more scaled-down deployments. Already, the smallest one is too much for us. We would flourish by having a smaller unit.
If you don't go cheap, it is eventually worth it. However, the initial investment is high.
It is a CAPEX investment. Over the anticipated lifespan, I would say the pricing is $10,000 a month.
The price has room for improvement.
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Also Known As
|NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS||SC Series Storage, Compellent||Nimble Storage|
|NetApp||Dell EMC||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud. Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.
Dell EMC SC Series arrays provide a unified platform for the ultimate in performance, adaptability and machine-driven efficiency. SC Series software delivers modern features that help you meet aggressive workload demands using the fewest drives necessary. With an open, future-ready design, SC Series storage integrates seamlessly with applications and infrastructure, enabling you to scale on a single platform and add capabilities without forklift upgrades.
Our Predictive Flash platform closes the app-data gap, giving you the fastest, most reliable access to data. By combining predictive analytics with flash storage, we radically simplify operations.
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